‘This collection is the first to consistently adopt Conversation Analysis as an approach to second language interaction. By examining first and second language speakers’ participation in a wide range of activities, it challenges the dominant view of ‘non-native speakers’ as deficient communicators. Proposing instead to understand second language users’ conversational participation as interactional achievement, the book makes a powerful case for ‘ethnomethodological re-specification’ in second language research.’
Professor Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai’i
Conversations involving speakers whose first language is not the language in which they are talking have become widespread in the globalized world. Migration, increased travel for business or pleasure, as well as communication through new technologies such as the internet make Second Language Conversations an increasingly common everyday event.
In this book, second language conversations, is used to explore natural, casual talk between speakers in a second language. The contributors shift emphasis away from controlled contexts such as the classroom towards more sociable environments in which people go about their daily routines. English, German, French, Japanese, Finnish and Danish are all analyzed as second languages within a variety of professional, educational and sociable situations.